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Poodle Survives Eight Days After Crash
YAHOOOoooo ^ | Wed Dec 28, 4:09 PM ET | Wed Dec 28, 4:09 PM ET

Posted on 12/28/2005 8:11:32 PM PST by BenLurkin

ELKO, Nev. - The biggest Christmas present came a day late this year for Lee and Irene DellaSilva of Ogden, Utah. But it's one they'll never forget. Eight days after the DellaSilvas' 6-year-old poodle, Miss Lizzie, was lost during a rollover accident east of Carlin, a Union Pacific crew spotted the black pooch Monday morning on railroad tracks near the crash site.

"It is an act of God as far as I am concerned," said Lee DellaSilva. "This just renews our faith in the Christmas miracle."

Miss Lizzie's travels began after she fled the DellaSilvas' vehicle following the accident the Sunday before Christmas.

Rescuers kept them from searching for their pet. Then they had to leave the area.

Over eight days, Miss Lizzie traveled without food through coyote territory before lying down in exhaustion on a railway trestle crossing.

The poodle was spotted and rescued by a Union Pacific crew thanks to a "missing dog" poster that the DellaSilvas had provided to a UP outpost.

Since she was on the tracks, they assumed she was dead. Then she weakly popped up her head.

The crew put the train into an emergency stop and went back to rescue the dog, warmed her up, dried her off, cleaned her up and placed her snugly in a work bag for a ride back home.

As part of their search for Miss Lizzie, the DellaSilvas were offering a $1,000 reward. The train crew is donating the reward to the Dogtown Rescue organization.

"It is just something totally weird," engineer Mike Kessler said. "This just doesn't happen. Especially with something this small ... . We call her Lucky Lizzie now"

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Information from: Elko Daily Free Press


TOPICS: Miscellaneous; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: dog; doggie; doggieping
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1 posted on 12/28/2005 8:11:33 PM PST by BenLurkin
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To: HairOfTheDog; Monkey Face

Dog Ping


2 posted on 12/28/2005 8:12:09 PM PST by BenLurkin (O beautiful for patriot dream - that sees beyond the years)
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To: BenLurkin

I love this story. Thank you.


3 posted on 12/28/2005 8:14:53 PM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
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To: BenLurkin

Thought this was about John Kerry.........


4 posted on 12/28/2005 8:16:10 PM PST by Brett66 (Where government advances and it advances relentlessly freedom is imperiled -Janice Rogers Brown)
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To: BenLurkin
The train crew is donating the reward to the Dogtown Rescue organization.

Nice guys these.

5 posted on 12/28/2005 8:38:51 PM PST by calex59
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To: BenLurkin

Jeez, I thought this was going to be a retrospective about John Kerry in November 2004.


6 posted on 12/28/2005 8:40:37 PM PST by XEHRpa
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To: BenLurkin

awwww


7 posted on 12/28/2005 8:41:27 PM PST by CindyDawg
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To: BenLurkin
A poodle?! Why not a Collie like Lassie ... or even a big ol' nasty Rottie ... or a German Shepard? A poodle. Brother.

Even my cats are scoffing at this.

:-)

8 posted on 12/28/2005 8:41:37 PM PST by manwiththehands (My Christmas wish: I wish Republicans were running the country.)
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To: BenLurkin

What a survivor! Praise God for His loving care of us and our furry friends.


9 posted on 12/28/2005 8:42:43 PM PST by skr ("That book [Bible], sir, is the rock on which our republic rests."--Andrew Jackson)
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To: BenLurkin

Great story, but eight days without food? Not likely without any food at all. She's a dog for cryin' out loud.


10 posted on 12/28/2005 8:43:45 PM PST by kenth (Merry Christmas!)
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To: HairOfTheDog

Ping!


11 posted on 12/28/2005 8:46:04 PM PST by paulat
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To: BenLurkin

Heartwarming ping!


12 posted on 12/28/2005 8:49:15 PM PST by goresalooza (Nurses Rock!)
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To: BenLurkin

Nice story in a world that often have few. Simple act of love, brings forth some real joy.


13 posted on 12/28/2005 8:51:17 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Honor must be earned)
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To: manwiththehands
A poodle?! Why not a Collie like Lassie ... or even a big ol' nasty Rottie ... or a German Shepard? A poodle. Brother. Even my cats are scoffing at this.

Poodles, as they were originally bred, are hunting dogs. They are retrievers with there thick curly hair warding off cold water and allowing them to retrieve many waterfowl before they succumb to the cold. In other words they are tough. The miniature and other derivatives of the breed may not be so tough but to put all poodles into the wimp category is unfair.

14 posted on 12/28/2005 8:52:36 PM PST by calex59
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To: calex59; HairOfTheDog

I just emailed this to my dad...they have two toy poodles, both pitch black. Gorgeous, smart and vivacious little pups!


15 posted on 12/28/2005 8:55:47 PM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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Irene DellaSilva kisses her poodle, Lizzie, after their
reunion Monday at Vega Construction in Elko. Six-year-old
Lizzie went missing Dec. 18 near the Carlin Tunnels and
was found by two Union Pacific Railroad employees who
reunited the dog with its owners. At left, Lee DellaSilva
talks with the Union Pacific employees. (Ross
Andréson/Elko Daily Free Press)

16 posted on 12/28/2005 8:59:35 PM PST by 2Jedismom (Expect me when you see me!)
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To: calex59
The miniature and other derivatives of the breed may not be so tough but to put all poodles into the wimp category is unfair.

I think a lot of people just haven't seen a standard poodle (or didn't realize it was a poodle when they saw it).
17 posted on 12/28/2005 9:02:51 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Welsh Rabbit

Yep, the standard poodle, not shaved by the way, are great dogs and as tough as they get.


18 posted on 12/28/2005 9:13:45 PM PST by calex59
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To: Welsh Rabbit

Judging from the photo, Lizzie isn't a standard poodle. She appears to the middle size -- the Miniature. The Standard Poodle is over 15 inches at the shoulder.The Toy is under 10 inches. Tough to tell because she's laying down, but the one in the photo appears to be the mid-size.


19 posted on 12/28/2005 9:20:46 PM PST by Wolfstar ("We must...all hang together or...we shall all hang separately." Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Wolfstar
I agree, the dog in the article definitely isn't a standard. I was commenting on a lot of people's mistaken belief that all poodles are toy dogs.
20 posted on 12/28/2005 9:33:25 PM PST by Welsh Rabbit
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